Terracotta Army Museum

Terracotta Army is considered as the most important archeological excavation in China which was only be found in 1974. It was constructed as a funerary art to accompany Qin Shi Huang’s tomb, the first emperor of China. 700,000 workers were involved in this vast construction along with the building of with Qin Shi Huang’s tomb. These terracotta warriors were served as the emperor’s afterlife guard. Began in 246 BC and finished in 206 BC, four years after the king’s death, Terracotta Army features 8000 life-size warriors and hundreds of horses and chariots. Not only soldiers but musicians, acrobats, and officers can also be found here – Qin Shi Huang seemed to prepare the full service for his afterlife. There are three vaults in this site for you to discover: Vault 1 with 2000 terracotta warriors, Vault 2 displays the army in battle arrays and Vault 3 for command post.

Ancient City Wall

Built during Ming dynasty in the 14th century, Xian Ancient City Wall is considered as one of the most magnificent military defensive systems in the world. It is a UNESCO Heritage Site which attracts thousands of tourists every year. The wall is 12 meters in height with 98 ramparts to avoid enemies climbing up. The highlight of this ancient wall is the 120-meter flanking tower which was used to enable the feudal soldiers to be cautious of enemies climbing up the wall. Cycling along the wall is the most exciting activity so that you can see the whole panoramic view of this splendid construction.

The Great Mosque

The Great Mosque of China is recognized as the largest mosque in China. Constructed during Ming Dynasty (more than 400 years old), this mosque is the combination of Islamic and traditional Chinese architecture. Five elements of feng shui (wood, fire, earth, metal, and water) can be found in this mosque’s architecture. Chinese and Arabic calligraphy artworks are displayed across the complex. The Great Mosque is divided into five courtyards and the prayer hall is located in the fourth courtyard. You are welcome to visit this mosque even if you are not a Muslim. However, only Muslim pilgrims can enter the main prayer hall.

The Shaanxi History Museum

Used to be the capital of 13 imperial dynasties, Xian hold a strategic position in feudalism. This city is endowed with various historical relics and imperial sites. 5 minutes drive from Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Shaanxi History Museum will widen our knowledge about Xian’s glamorous imperial past. Inspired by Tang-dynasty style, this museum is relatively vast with the total area of 65,000 square meters. A collection of 370,000 historical relics and antiques is displayed in Shaanxi History Museum. This museum is divided into three parts: the General Exhibition Hall with exhibitions of ancient dynasties, the Local Themes Exhibition Hall with Silk Road and Porcelain exhibitions, and the Temporary Exhibition Hall.

Big Wild Goose Pagoda

Built in Tang dynasty (more than 1000 years ago), Big Wild Goose Pagoda holds Buddhist sutras which were brought to China from India by Xuanzang. Xuanzang was a Chinese monk who completed a journey to India in order to bring the original copies of Buddhist texts to his country. He also contributed to the translation of Indian Buddhist texts into Chinese. His intensive translation was later adopted by many Buddhist schools around China. Big Wild Goose Pagoda has been under restoration process several times due to weather and war. You will be amazed when finding out that this pagoda was made completely from bricks without any cement.

Muslim Quarter

As a starting point of the Silk Road, many Arabic merchants came to Xian 1000 years old for trading and business. They gathered and established their own quarter – the Muslim Quarter. Nowadays, Muslim Quarter is a popular tourist attraction in Xian where you can find numerous street foods. Delicious noodles, bread and vermicelli which are eaten with lambs and beefs are easily found here.

Banpo Museum

Banpo Museum displays prehistoric artifacts and antiques of the Neolithic Yangshao culture. This museum enables tourists to visit excavated buildings which provide you with insights to Banpo people’s life. Production tools, household tools, and pottery making equipment can be found here. You can get to Banpo Museum from the center of Xian or Terracota Army by bus.